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Rangers Close In On Second Round

Steve Larmer scored at 8 minutes, 9 seconds of overtime Friday and the New York Rangers beat the Quebec Nordiques 3-2 at Madison Square Garden to move within one game of clinching their first-round Stanley Cup playoff series.

The Rangers took a 3-1 lead in the best-ofseven Eastern Conference series, which they can wrap up in Game 5 in Quebec on Sunday.

Larmer scored the game-winner after carrying the puck into the Quebec zone. Larmer worked a give-and-go with Petr Nedved, who left a drop pass for him in front. Larmer’s first shot was stopped by goaltender Jocelyn Thibault, playing in his first Stanley Cup playoff game, but Larmer put in the rebound.

The goal capped a three-goal comeback for the Rangers, who trailed 2-0 after one period.

Rangers 3, Nordiques 2 (OT)

New York

Quebec 2 0 0 0 - 2

N.Y. Rangers 0 1 1 1 - 3

First Period-1, Quebec, Wolanin 1 (Ricci, Young), 3:50. 2, Quebec, Nolan 2 (Forsberg, Bassen), 9:40.

Second Period-3, New York, Leetch 2 (Nemchinov, Kovalev), 4:28.

Third Period-4, New York, Kovalev 2 (Leetch), 2:03.

Overtime-5, New York, Larmer 2 (Nedved, Leetch), 8:09.

Shots on goal-Quebec 10-6-10-5-31. New York 10-9-13-2-34.Power-play opp.-Quebec 0 of 6; New York 0 of 5.Goalies-Quebec, Thibault 0-1 (34 shots31 saves). New York, Healy (10-8), Richter 1-1 (0:00 second, 21-21).A-18,200 (18,200).

Devils 1, Bruins 0 (0T)

East Rutherford, N.J.

Randy McKay scored on a giveaway directly in front of the Boston net at 8:51 of overtime and Martin Brodeur came up with his third shutout of the series to give New Jersey a 3-1 lead in its firstround playoff matchup.

The Devils can wrap up the best-of-seven series on Sunday night in what might be the final game at Boston Garden.

Brodeur was once again spectacular, stopping 37 shots, and he also had some luck. Minutes before McKay’s goal, a shot by David Shaw on a power play clanged off the crossbar and Brodeur later made a great glove save on Brent Hughes.

Boston 0 0 0 0 - 0 New Jersey 0 0 0 1 - 1

First Period-None.

Second Period-None.

Third Period-None.

Overtime-1, New Jersey, McKay 2, 8:51.

Shots on goal-Boston 13-12-6-6-37. New Jersey 10-6-5-4-25.Powerplay opp.-Boston 0 of 2; New Jersey 0 of 3.Goalies-Boston, Lacher 1-3 (25 shots-24 saves). New Jersey, Brodeur 3-1 (37-37).A-19,040 (19,040).

Flyers 4, Sabres 2

Buffalo, N.Y.

Eric Lindros, playing in his first career playoff game, set up two goals and Philadelphia beat Buffalo to take a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven series.

Lindros, the outstanding third-year player, who had missed four games with an eye injury, assisted on goals 1:42 apart in the second period.

Philadelphia can win the series with a victory in Game 5 at home on Sunday. Rod Brind’Amour, Brent Fedyk, Eric Dejardins and John LeClair scored for the Flyers, who led 4-0 after two periods.

Philadelphia 1 3 0 - 4

Buffalo 0 0 2 - 2

First period-1, Philadelphia, Brind’Amour 2 (Dineen, DiMaio), 17:51.

Second period-2, Philadelphia, Fedyk 2 (Haller, Brind’Amour), 2:08. 3, Philadelphia, Desjardins 1 (Renberg, Lindros), 17:14 (pp). 4, Philadelphia, LeClair 1 (Lindros), 18:56.

Third period-5, Buffalo, Mogilny 2 (LaFontaine, Bodger), 7:18. 6, Buffalo, LaFontaine 2, 7:55.

Shots on goal-Philadelphia 12-11-4-27. Buffalo 7-10-10-27.Powerplay opp.-Philadelphia 1 of 3; Buffalo 0 of 4.Goalies-Philadelphia, Hextall 3-1 (27 shots-25 saves). Buffalo, Hasek 1-3 (27-23).A-16,230 (16,230).

Capitals 6, Penguins 2

Landover, Md.

A goaltending switch did nothing to change Pittsburgh’s luck against Washington.

Michal Pivonka had a goal and three assists as the Capitals beat the Penguins to take a 3-1 lead in the series. Sixth-seeded Washington can oust the third-seeded Penguins on Sunday.

Penguins coach Ed Johnston, desperate to turn things around in a series that had shifted decidedly in Washington’s favor, started seldomused goalie Tom Barrasso in place of Ken Wregget. Barrasso kept Pittsburgh within 3-2 through the opening 40 minutes, but was buried under a three-goal barrage in a 5-minute span of the third period.

Pittsburgh 2 0 0 - 2

Washington 2 1 3 - 6

First period-1, Washington, Konowalchuk 2 (Juneau, Jones), :40. 2, Pittsburgh, Murphy 2 (McEachern), 10:58. 3, Washington, Pivonka 1 (Bondra, Khristich), 12:51. 4, Pittsburgh, Jagr 3 (Robitaille, Francis), 16:39.

Second period-5, Washington, Pearson 1 (Pivonka, Johnson), 12:38.

Third period-6, Washington, Khristich 1 (Pivonka, Bondra), 1:50. 7, Washington, Juneau 2 (Konowalchuk, Johnson), 6:03. 8, Washington, Bondra 3 (Khristich, Pivonka), 6:38.

Shots on goal-Pittsburgh 10-5-7-22. Washington 8-10-13-31.Powerplay opp.-Pittsburgh 0 of 5; Washington 0 of 8.Goalies-Pittsburgh, Barrasso 0-1 (31 shots-25 saves). Washington, Carey 2-1 (22-20).A-18,130 (18,130).

 
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